During this public health emergency, we want you to have the latest updates from government agencies and resources to assist your businesses with your COVID-19 related questions. You’ll find that information here, as well as ways we can still support local businesses with limited social interaction. This page will be updated regularly to provide you with the most accurate information possible.

Resources for Business Owners

The City’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) has set up an informative page with resources for businesses, consumers, and employees.

The Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund is offering loans of up to $50,000 that can be used for working capital and, in particular, employee payroll.

U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) is offering Disaster Assistance Loans and a Paycheck Protection Program (PPPA) to Illinois businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a small business guide for responding to the coronavirus, which includes immediate all small businesses should take. They also have a guide to the SBA’s new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Restaurant and Bar owners, here is a website with resources for your workers who’ve lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Illinois Department of Commerce is launching a Hospitality Emergency Grant Program for bars, restaurants, and hotels. 

Protecting Yourself & Others

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has the latest information on reported cases of COVID-19, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of the disease.

The State of Illinois has set up a helpful COVID Response page with statewide statistics, prevention tips, volunteer opportunities, news from the governor, and other information.

The City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Response Center reports the latest number of cases citywide and other news related to the outbreak.

Beware of COVID-19 Scams! The Illinois Attorney General warns of false claims for products such as chlorine dioxide, hydroxycholroquine, essential oils, silver, elderberry and garlic are being advertised as “cures” for COVID-19.

Supporting Our Local Businesses

Curbside Pickup & Delivery is available from numerous local businesses. BAPA has compiled a helpful list.

Online Local Shopping

Several of our retail shops also offer products and gift certificates for sale online. Below are some businesses that have invited local customers to shop online. Please also check the websites of your favorite businesses to see what services you can access remotely.